Okay, so the last time I checked in I was feeling a bit of a grumpy Gus about things. Sometimes we go through bouts of hardship when it comes to our overall life progress, and I have to remember that sometimes, even the best of us have bad days. The lesson within the challenges life sends our way is to acknowledge them, learn from them, and move on from them. Moving on from them may sometimes involves backtracking a bit to a different spot on the game board and once again advancing forward (our canine agility course is sometimes more like Chutes and Ladders).
Rescue is hard sometimes. For as many happy ever afters as there are, there are things that break our hearts. Some dogs don’t make it from the shelter to rescue. Others get sick after we think they are saved and require expensive treatment. In some cases, they don’t survive and we mourn their loss. Still others get adopted, and for some reason or another, it doesn’t work out. We ask that if that happens, the dog get returned to the rescue he came from. But it always stings when a dog you thought had found the end of their yellow brick road still has some miles in the foster care system to go. Some dogs come off the transport van and go straight to their happy ending. Others wait for months and months in foster care. Sometimes, it’s simply because they are overlooked. Sometimes, it’s because they need a little extra – and the family that can provide that little extra is still out there, waiting to be discovered.
A college friend of mine follows this blog, and sent me a lovely note last week. I asked her if I could share it here, and she graciously said yes. So, for all my humans that sometimes feel discouraged by the harder moments of loving animals as much as you do, I hope this resonates.
“I have some exciting news, we adopted a dog! (My husband) and I have been discussing it the past several months and decided it was time. We started looking on Petfinder…had a few ‘not the right fits’ and even one ‘he’s already been adopted’.
So, I went to a Petco event this weekend for FARR (Florida All Rescue Retrievers & Friends) and met Snapshot (name subject to change).. he’s a 4 month old Shepherd/Rottie or Dobie/maybe Lab mix. His foster mom said he’s a sweet boy but he’s a bit shy and skiddish and probably had a rough go at it before he got to her. She wanted him to go to a family who had patience and a little extra love for him. He warmed up to me over about an hour and walked the store with me and even snuggled a little. We decided he’s worth the extra efforts and is already making great strides.
Now, for the point of my note to you. I wanted to say thanks for all your posts, blogs, pictures and especially your stories of Balton, whether good or not so good. You are one of the reasons I knew it was so important to rescue a dog and with a little patience and lots of love, every dog can be the best dog he can be. I feel confident that with some knowledge and lots of time, I too can help my pup come out of his shell and see all the fun things ahead of him.
BTW, as much as you wanted to find B a good home, we all knew he already found it! Those 2 are so darn cute!
So, thanks for being so passionate about rescuing pets and spreading the word to as many people as you do!”
Snapshot, now Jake, is pictured below in all his adorable glory. I had no idea that my love for my fosters and the other pups I come in contact with would ultimately play a part in his finding such a wonderful family, which I think is why the note was that much more profound. For every volunteer and rescue/shelter worker out there losing sleep, shedding tears, and loving without bounds, there are hundreds and thousands of Jakes out there who span many miles, grateful for you and touched by your hearts. And I am endlessly grateful to know you all.